Shivan & Narresh’s Swimsuit Cheat Sheet For Every Shape

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Nothing can kill a beach buzz faster than an ill-fitting swimsuit. And considering how different each of our shapes are, finding a swimsuit that highlights our best features is one of the most important things when swimsuit shopping.

In our attempt to find the perfect swimwear for you, we asked Stylista designers and swimwear experts Shivan & Narresh to break down different body types and the pieces that flatter them most. From picking bikinis that highlight your curves to tankinis befitting a petite frame, the stylish designer duo tell us which swimwear to pick from the gorgeous Shivan & Narresh for Stylista collection. Read on!


1. Pear Shape
If you have a booty à la Kim Kardashian, then you fall under the pear shaped category. The best way to use it to your advantage is to highlight your small waist and to flatter your upper body. Like Shivan & Narresh suggest, opt for solid colours on the bottom for a slimming effect, and play with colours and prints along the top to keep it in focus and  maintain balance.

S&N say:

Look for pieces that have darker colours on the bottom and more dramatic colours or prints on the top, to shift focus to the upper torso

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2. Apple Shape
Since apple shaped women tend to be top heavy, the key here is to maintain a balance in both halves of your body. Opt for swimsuits that flaunt a dark, solid colour on the top and have dramatic bottoms. It could be playful stripes or an array of colours, as this draws attention towards your shapely derriere and lithe legs!

S&N say:

Wear dark colours on the bust and juxtapose linearity below to highlight your shapely lower torso

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3. Hourglass Shape
Accentuate those curves in amazing one-piece swimsuits that complement your tiny waist and do justice to your hourglass proportions! Shivan & Narresh suggest you choose the striking Lady in Red Swimsuit because the belted waist draws attention to your midsection, or go for the Bahama Mama Swimsuit that flaunts drapes on the bust and linear stripes along the bottom to rightly highlight your curves.

S&N say:

The striped belt at the centre creates drama and draws attention to a slim waist. Drapes on the bust and linearity below accentuate curves

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4. Athletic Shape
Since your shoulders, waist and hips are all nearly the same measurement, it’s essential to accentuate those subtle curves. The Pull Some Strings Bikini and Shore Thing Bikini chosen by Shivan & Narresh are the perfect pieces for its juxtaposition of lines, which create an illusion of curves.

S&N say:

The play of lines across the torso and halter neck of the bikini creates an illusion of curves

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A lover of all things design, Namrata loves adding little graphic touches to everything she does. A self-confessed dreamer, she loves planning and wish-listing, be it for the next holiday, a little tattoo or a party over the weekend! On a regular day, she can be found pinning gorgeous food, New York city and style pictures or planning her next blog story.